Romantic Machico awaits: its beaches, sports, oceanfront, and more!

Machico is set in a graceful crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by green terraced slopes. Enjoy a few days of relaxed sightseeing in Machico’s idyllic setting and explore the pleasant seafront promenade that borders a town of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.

According to local legend, Machico was discovered in the 14th century by a pair of lovers who eloped from their home in Bristol. The couple were shipwrecked in the Bay of Machico after their ship was thrown off course during a storm. Both lovers died, but the ship’s crew managed to escape on a raft and brought news of the island to Portugal. The explorer João Gonçalves Zarco then claimed Madeira in 1420.

Be sure to see the Capela dos Milagres (Chapel of the Miracles). The original church, supposedly founded on the site of the lovers’ graves in the 15th century, was destroyed in a flood. The current structure, built in 1815, features a lovely rose window within its façade and a nave decorated with frescoes.

Take a look at the beautiful blue-and-white tiling found inside the Capela de São Roque. This small chapel was built in the 16th century to honor St. Roch, who is said to have saved the people of Machico from a plague.

Go for a swim at Praia de Machico, one of Madeira’s most popular beaches. Arrange a diving excursion to the nearby marine reserve or just relax in the warm sands. Go for a walk down the lively promenade and stop for a drink at a beachfront bar.

Don’t miss Miradouro Francisco Alvares Nobrega, a belvedere with panoramic views over Machico Valley and Ponta de São Lourenço. Enjoy more scenic vistas at Pico do Facho, another well-known viewpoint named for the beacon (facho), which was once lit here to warn the city of approaching pirates.

Machico is located in the eastern part of Madeira. It’s easily accessed by bus from Funchal, which is located 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.

Known for

Family-Friendly, Beaches and Romantic

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Where to stay in Machico

Monte
Monte Palace Gardens which includes a pond

Monte

Known for Gardens, Natural Parks, Tropical

5/5(2 reviews)

Monte is a welcoming, relaxing neighborhood. The neighborhood's sunny weather and rich culture are just a couple of its charming qualities. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the gardens.

Top Hotels in Machico

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dom Pedro Madeira
Dom Pedro Madeira
4 out of 5
Estrada de Sao Roque, Machico
$48
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Located in Machico, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Cruz Beach, Santo da Serra Golf Club, and Quinta ...

3.9/5Good! (261 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Great food, scenic atmosphere, great ambience."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dom Pedro Madeira
Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
5 out of 5
Sitio Da Piedade, Canical, Machico
$76
per night
Nov 12 - Nov 13

Nestled on the beach, this Machico hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Madeira Whale Museum, Sao Lourenco Point, and Whale Museum. Santa Cruz Beach and Quinta Da ...

4.3/5Excellent! (158 reviews)
Lovely stay

"Lovely stay. We stayed in one of the sea view suite rooms and it was lovely. Gorgeous views, comfortable beds and spacious suite. Bathroom facilities were good - the shower was nice and powerful. Staff were wonderful - very friendly and helpful. Multiple parking options available and great restaurants. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
Enotel Golf - Santo da Serra
Enotel Golf - Santo da Serra
4 out of 5
Sitio Dos Casais Proximos, Santo Antonio da Serra, Machico
$54
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Situated in Machico, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Da Junta and Santo da Serra Market. Santo da Serra Golf Club is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (122 reviews)
The Gem at the top of the mountain

"What a jewel hidden away in the mountains of Madeira! The hotel looks like a mini museum, full of antique furniture in the warm and welcoming lobby. The included buffet breakfast is superb, and the room large, modern and comfortable. Beds and pillows are A1, and WIFI signal was strong and fast, streaming ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Enotel Golf - Santo da Serra

Popular things to do in Machico

Sao Lourenco Point
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Sao Lourenco Point

Enjoy a rewarding hike, cool off with a swim and admire arresting views at Madeira’s easternmost point. 

Ponta de Sao Lourenco
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco

Enjoy an outing to Ponta de Sao Lourenco during your stay in Machico. Wander the seaside in this quaint area.

Madeira Botanical Garden
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Madeira Botanical Garden

4/5(37 reviews)

One of Madeira’s most famous attractions is known for its scenic views and fascinating display of colorful flowers.

Monte Palace Gardens
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Monte Palace Gardens

4.5/5(33 reviews)

More than just a striking floral display, this beautiful garden is also home to an impressive collection of art.

Palheiro Gardens
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Palheiro Gardens

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Go for a stroll in these charming gardens, known for their rare and unique design, to see indigenous plants mingled with exotic species.  

Santa Cruz Beach
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Santa Cruz Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

The beach fronting Santa Cruz features sheltered ocean swimming, relaxing seawater pools, a fun-filled water park and magnificent views of the Desertas Islands.

Top activities in Machico

Great Western Coast Villages Full-Day Tour
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Great Western Coast Villages Full-Day Tour

$52

Discover Madeira's west coast and explore its traditional fishing villages, sunny fields, and one of the highest seaside cliffs in Europe. Indulge in a traditional lunch as you soak up the surrounding landscapes. Câmara de Lobos—a traditional fishing village—is your first stop.

Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Guided Levada Hike
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Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Guided Levada Hike

$40

Explore the magic and natural beauty of Madeira on foot. This challenging hike takes you to the island's highest point, Pico Ruivo. Standing here affords incredible panoramic views of the entire island.

Rabacal to 25 Fontes Guided Levada Hike
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Rabacal to 25 Fontes Guided Levada Hike

$39

Waterfalls, lakes, and tunnels offer the perfect walking trail along the Rabacal Valley. Admire the paradise landscape surrounding you as you follow your expert guide through the impressive levadas (aqueducts).

Porto da Cruz to Castelejo Guided Levada Hike
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Porto da Cruz to Castelejo Guided Levada Hike

$30

A pleasant hike along Levada do Castelejo offers you a stunning perspective of Madeira's north coast. Admire the views of sleepy villages and ghost towns set against impressive cliffs, and discover the rare flora and fauna that thrive on the island.

Larano - Full Day Mountain/Cliff Walk in Madeira
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Larano - Full Day Mountain/Cliff Walk in Madeira

$41

Take part in this is a fascinating full-day journey, through rich agricultural land and crops from the city of Machico, complemented with superb views over São Lourenço Península, Porto Santo Island and the northeastern coast.

Maroços / Mimosa Valley - Half Day Levada Walk in Madeira
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Maroços / Mimosa Valley - Half Day Levada Walk in Madeira

$30

Deep down in Machico's Valley, well known as the Mimosa Valley, you will walk along the maintenance path of Levada dos Maroços. The beautiful landscape of this route is mainly composed of agricultural land and crops carefully worked, complemented with views over the city of Machico.